Newcastle handed triple massive boost ahead of Manchester United clash

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez

However, Newcastle don't enter the clash on the best of form, having not won on Tyneside since October, and the Magpies are hovering just a single point above the relegation zone- with Manchester United expected to secure an easy win. I'm here to support the team and have a good second half to the season.

Mourinho said: "I know Shaw since he arrived in the Premier League with Southampton and know his potential and quality".

The Spaniard's tactics against Premier League leaders Manchester City when they visited St James' Park in December were roundly criticised by television pundits as excessively negative, although they eventually lost 1-0 and very almost snatched a draw. He can play with one, two, three, he will always be a midfield player.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is convinced of left-back Luke Shaw's ability and backed the youngster to stay at the club for several years.

"Could he come in my direction and the way I see and think football, the way I like my players on the pitch and in training?"

"I hope the result is different but I know the characteristics of the game are not going to be different. The natural effect of it is that he will have his contract and he will be a United player for years". He is now, for a few months, free of these minor injuries, which sometimes stop progress, and I am really happy.

But after working his way back into Mourinho's plans, the United manager revealed Shaw is set to sign a new long-term contract.

"If you're asking me if Newcastle will be in then Championship next season, I say no way".

Shaw has had to endure repeated examples of public criticism from Mourinho, continued favouritism of Ashley Young at left-back and the media linking United with a move for Spurs' Danny Rose but his determination has brought an end to his rift with Mourinho.

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